The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 30, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1997 BRIEFLY T OTTAWA COUNTY Pilot injured when ultralight crashes .-HAYS — A 36-year-old Hays maw critically injured Saturday when the experimental ultralight airplane he was flying crashed near Hays was in serious condi- tion.Monday at a Wichita hospital. -;Bd Schwab, who suffered facial ahd-back injuries, is being treat- edrat Columbia Wesley Medical Center. nHis plane crashed about one mile southwest of the Hays Air- ptmtat about 7:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Ellis County Sheriffs Office. Schwab was alorte in the plane, an S-ll Pursuit model built by Rans Co., ftays. He was test flying the plane 4nd apparently had pulled it out cjf a nose dive before hitting the ground in a wheat stubble field. . Schwab was taken to Hays Regional Medical Center and later V/as flown to Wesley. Ellis man killed in crash of pickup : HAYS — A 22-year-old Ellis man was killed early Saturday A^hen the pickup truck he was driving rolled on Kansas 40 east of Ellis. • Mark Glynn Matteson was dead at the crash site about 6 miles east of Ellis when it was discov- e;red at 7:25 a.m. Officials with the Ellis County Sheriffs Office said the crash could have occurred one or two hours before it was discovered. ! Matteson was thrown from the pickup when it rolled as he was driving east. Christmas basket iign-up begins Oct. 20 [ The Salvation Army will begin taking Christmas food basket applications Oct. 20. ; People wanting to receive a basket must apply in person at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1137 N. Santa Fe, and provide proof of household income, identification, and names and a£es of household members. JHours to apply are from 9 to 11 a«n.*and 1 to 2 p.m. Monday tfijjSugh Friday, beginning Oct. 2{fr-Application deadline is Dec. 5. ',$$e agency is expecting re- qjwsts from more than 400 fami- lie*this yejlr. jgommunity groups prjndividuals wanting to adopt a ffagtly for Christmas may visit tkejhe agency or call 823-2251 be- tjueen 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday t*r»ugh Friday. Man sentenced for counterfeiting money WICHITA — A Garden City man who pleaded guilty to making and passing counterfeit money was sentenced in federal court Monday to a $500 fine and 100 hours of community service as part of a three-year probation agreement. The defendant, Todd Allen Whetstone, 24, was charged for the crime along with Kerry Devin O'Bryan and Amy Lynn Thornsen, 24. O'Bryan and Thomson are both of Garden City and are charged in a separate case with the.Sept. 25,1996, armed robbery of Bennington State Bank, Salina, and,the Oct. 4 armed robbery of First National Bank, Rolla. Whetstone was charged with parsing 10 phony $20 bills on Nov. 7,1996 at Wal-Mart in Dodge City. O'Bryan is alleged to have passed phony bills on Nov. 9 at Quik Tfijj in Wichita, and Thomson is changed with passing counterfeit money on Nov. 13 at Gibson Discount Center. Thomson's case has been continued, and O'Bryan is awaiting trial,, the U.S. Attorney's office in Wichita said. McConnell must spend $2.5 million by today McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE — They are clearing birds out of hangars, repairing roads and updating runway lights at this post just outside Wichita, thanks to an unexpected $2.5 million. The money comes from com- mah'd-wide savings and was being distributed to bases with the greatest need, with just one catch: It had to be spent before the end of the federal government's fiscal year today. Officials at McConnell had a long list of projects, delayed by budget constraints, on which to sp^nd the windfall. Those undertakings include cleaning and repainting hangars that maintenance crews have been sharing with birds. The buildings also will be modified to ke^p birds out of the hangars. , From Staff and Wire Reports Hospital's mission evolves over time Ottawa County Hospital is changing its name to reflect its mission of caring for region By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal MINNEAPOLIS — Ottawa County Hospital becomes the Ottawa County Health Center today, a switch that's seen as more accurately reflecting the hospital's role. "Hospital implies acute care," said hospital administrator Joy Reed. "That's only a fraction of what we do." Since the hospital opened in May 1966 with 10 acute beds and 15 convalescent beds, new programs and specialized units have opened, creating a 63-bed facility that includes 10 assisted-living apartments. The center also has a wellness center, long-term care unit, recovery unit for brain injuries, extensive testing and screening programs, home health services and a community recycling center. All this is funded with a property tax levy that is lower than the levy for any oth- er county-supported hospital in the state. Ottawa County's hospital levy of 0.861 mills raises less than $40,000 annually. Other county hospitals levy up to 15.512 mills, and surrounding counties levy as much as 8.462 mills. A mill raises $1 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. To celebrate its new image and show off its services, the hospital will have an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Busy beginning When the hospital opened in 1966, staff expected a quiet day with few patients, Reed said. But the 10 acute beds were full by the end of the first shift and the 15 convalescent beds were ful a few days later. To meet critical-care needs, a special- care unit was built in 1969. By 1976, a combination long-term care dining and activity room and a laundry had been added. X-ray rooms, a physical therapy department and ambulance garage were built in 1978. In the 1980s, the number of acute patients started to drop, and changes in Medicare payment policies created problems for patients needing longer, less acute care. So the hospital created a swing bed program and home health agency. In the swing bed program, beds used for acute care were switched to different levels of care, such as skilled care or intermediate care. The program gave the hospital more flexibility to meet patients' needs, Reed said. "When the length of stay was cut down, we needed to find a way to help patients make the transition back home," Reed said. The home health agency provided follow up services once a patient was home. A program to promote the wellness of hospital employees was started in 1985, and a storeroom was converted into an exercise area. In 1987, a wellness center opened along with an expanded physical therapy unit. Brain Injuries By 1991, the hospital launched a long- term rehabilitation program for people suffering from brain injuries. "Their recovery can be slow," Reed said. The need for the program was recognized when hospital and medical staff worked with two local patients who needed long- term care once they came out of comas. Soon thereafter, calls started coming from ' around the state. The hospital was one of the few in Kansas to negotiate the institutional part of the Medicaid head injury waiver con-^,' tract. A 12-bed unit was opened in 1993. !'. The hospital also offers a cardiac clinic, cardiac rehabilitation and dietary counsel-,. ^ ing for cardiac patients as ways to the nunvi ber one health problem in the nation, heart disease, Reed said. '' The latest additions include the 10 assist-^ ed-living apartments, an expanded kitchen for the wellness center's dietary consulta- ,*, tions and teaching and an office for the Ot-; tawa County Health Planning Commission." When a community survey in May found recycling to be a local priority, the hospital _ „ began a program. The recycling center ac- : , ; cepts cardboard, aluminum and metal cansj; plastic, newsprint, glass and batteries. Besides creating a way for the hospital to recycle its materials, the project also pro- ' j vides work for patients recovering from head injuries. "It gives them a chance to get away from ; i the hospital and a chance to try to do something functional," Reed said. Parole hearing AP photo by Susan Pfannmuller / The Kansas City Star Overcome with emotion, Matt Gamblin Is comforted by his mother, Ana Martens, on Monday, when Gamblln broke down and was unable to give his testimony to the Kansas Parole Board. Gamblln's father, Shawnee patrol officer Donald Gamblln Jr., was struck by a car and killed In the line of duty during a traffic stop In 1991. The driver of the car, L Edward Halloran, Is up for parole. The hearing was In Kansas City, Kan., City Hall. A decision on whether to free Halloran on parole will come later. T JUDICIARY Panel to study state's need for judges Justice commission will take up issue of one judge for each county By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press \ TOPEKA — If a blue ribbon commission of judges, lawyers and laymen she created can resolve one issue it will be worth the time and effort, Chief Justice Kay McFarland said Monday. That issue is a statutory requirement that each of the state's 105 counties must have at least one judge. "I want to get this question of one county-one judge resolved," McFarland said after she outlined her expectations to 40 members of the Kansas Justice Commission, which held its organizational meeting at a Topeka hotel. "I don't want it inhibiting us," McFarland told reporters after she spoke to the commission, whose co-chairmen are former Gov. Robert Bennett and Wichita stock broker Jill Docking. "Let's put it to rest. Let's not just have it hanging out there all the time," she said. Bennett, who served as governor of Kansas in 1975-79 and practices law in Johnson County, said the commission's goal in a two- year study financed by private donations is "to determine what is wrong and do something about it, and to determine what is right and to retain it and improve it." "We begin with an open mind, a minimal amount of prejudice...but a willingness to explore problems in our system and the courage to recommend changes that will improve it," Bennett said. The purpose is to streamline the process, putting the judicial system's resources where they are needed and, probably, recommending increasing those resources. The commission will meet again in February, but regional committees will conduct public hearings at about a dozen locations around the state in November. Dates and sites for the hearings will be announced later, said Ron Keefover, Supreme Court information officer. The last comprehensive review of Kansas' court system, in 1974, concluded there should be no requirement to have a judge in each county, even sparsely populated ones. A legislative post audit report issued in June said the law keeps the court from making efficient use of its resources. McFarland, appointed to the Supreme Court by Bennett in 1977, said she hopes the commission, with members appointed by her, Gov. Bill Graves and legislative leaders, "will have some credibility" so its recommendations will command greater legislative attention than past studies. T TOURISM j, Senator: '* Tourism ' pays off i Vidricksen tells other ; legislators how Kansas'i promotes tourism By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal '' J Kansans are working to make 1 their state a tourist stopping spot instead of just a state tourists pass^ through. '/, Sen. Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina',* told how Kansans are working to^ ward that goal last week at a na)-j tional meeting of state legislators' in Florida to discuss tourism is^, sues. r " Vidricksen spoke about how£ Kansas is using innovative pro,^ grams to finance/ new tourism at-.", tractions, including the proposed^ NASCAR stocky car track and the r '> proposed Wonderful World Of, Oz theme park in, Wyandotte County. -,-j Those projects would be financed, in part, with state-issued., bonds that would be repaid with, revenue generated by the attract, tions. The bonds would be guarant, teed by investors, so if the attractions don't generate sufficient rev-, enue the investors would suffer.., the loss and not the state, he said. , Vidricksen said projects like, the Oz park, race track, new Sternberg Museum in Hays anoV ; improvements at the Kansas Cos,-.! mosphere in Hutchinson are sparking tourism in Kansas. >-., But he said, the state needs to? promote its attractions more. "If you look at the states that do; the best, they are those that pro^ mote the best," he said. Oklahoma, for example, earmarks a percentage of sales tax : dollars for tourism, and Missouri' has provisions for tourism writ~ : ' ten into its revenue code, he said. : ' Last year, the Kansas Legisla-' ture approved a $75,000 study to develop a strategic tourism plan' for the state. ••: VIDRICKSEN T CRUISING STREETS Cruisers go along on ride to improve streets Neighbors Wanted tO residents and business owners. Some of those neighbors say |^ Neighbors wanted to end cruising, but police had other thoughts By The Associated Press WICHITA — In May, residents told police they wanted the cruising through the streets of south Wichita stopped. But police had other ideas. They met with the motorists on the weekends, offering them pizza, soda and a chance to get to know police officers. They organized a car show to give cruisers a chance to show off their vehicles. The result: Cruisers are still a fixture on South Seneca, but the problems associated with them aren't. The effort began in the spring with a survey by police officers of residents and business owners. The responses listed the cruising- related problems — vandalism, loitering, noise and fighting. Cruisers — many of them young — told police and the staff of a Wichita Children's Home program called Street Outreach that if they couldn't cruise, they wouldn't have anywhere to go. Wichita community police officer Lisa Rollins realized if police pushed cruisers off one street, they would move to some other street and create problems there. That's when Rollins helped start the Cruise Control Committee, a group of neighbors, police and cruisers that looked for solutions. The committee helped organize car shows on weekend nights. The shows allowed cruisers to show off their rides and talk with police. Neighbors also turned out. Some of those neighbors say many problems have disappeared. "The vandalism has let up in our neighborhood," said Mary Stapp, who lives within a block of Seneca. "People don't worry anymore. ... They can't believe how much different it is. They wonder if it's Saturday night or Monday night." One cruiser, Phillip Burnett, said he felt safer. "The safety, that's been the biggest thing for me," Burnett said. "I want to make it safe down there so me and my family can go down there and cruise and not have to worry." Relations have improved between cruisers and police, who were sometimes short with drivers. Not everyone is happy, Rollins said. She has tried to combat those feelings by going to schools and talking to cruisers. The Associated Press Charles Ross cruises in his 1963 Chevy convertible Friday night In Wichita. Complaints about cruising are down, thanks to innovative action from police. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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